golden parachute

golden parachute
A slang term for a termination agreement which shelters executives from the effects of a corporate change in control. Koenings v. Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co., 126 Wis.2d 349, 377 N.W.2d 593, 598.
Such an agreement generally provides for substantial bonuses and other benefits for top management and certain directors who may be forced to leave the target company or otherwise voluntarily leave upon a change in control. Revlon, Inc. v. MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., Del., 506 A.2d 173, 178.
A special tax is imposed on golden parachute payments. I.R.C. No. 4999.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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